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Re: chippers was: birds and other critters


That's why I keep Sugar on a tether when she's outside. She still
manages to catch one once in a great while (she's much faster than her
mama). But when I see her go into stalk mode, I hold on to her tether
until the bird moves or the urge passes...

And she is NOT allowed out back in the bird/butterfly sanctuary. I took
her out there one time and she proceeded to camp under the birdbath and
wait. Thus ended that experiment. Lord knows she's NOT underfed at 16
1/2 pounds, it's just the instinct I guess...


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Wed, 19 Feb 2003 01:13:14 -0500

>Yes...they are not the brightest about cats.  My old cat used to
>catch them a lot - and my current cat did too; seems chipmunk is
>right up there with bird as flavor of the day..now, she is campused
>as she will not leave the birds alone and I have told her I do not
>feed them for her enjoyment; if she insists on catching them, she
>does not go out; she paid me no note, so she now only gets to sit in
>the window and dream.  With hunting cats outdoors, our population of
>chippers dwindled to almost zero; they are back in full force now;
>unfortunately, so are the voles.
>
>Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
>mtalt@hort.net
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>> From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
>> 
>> In a message dated 02/17/2003 10:49:06 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
>> mtalt@hort.net writes:
>> 
>> > .  Not the world's brightest critters; have had
>> > them run straight over my foot a few times. 
>> 
>> That's putting it mildly.  The ones here will sit on a rock and
>yell at our 
>> old cat (the only one who goes outside - really fat and lazy) until
>he 
>> finally goes for it.  Then, when caught, they go limp like dead.
>When the cat 
>> puts the chippy down, it is off like a flash, only to stop and yell
>"NYEH, 
>> NYEH!" at the cat as soon as it thinks it is out of reach.  
>> My whole back bank is a warren, and the entire back lawn (that's a
>polite 
>> term for weed patch) is full of holes.  The same cat (not much
>brighter than 
>> the chipmunk) will sit by one of the holes for half an hour or more
>until the 
>> chippie comes up out of another and yells at him.  Maybe this is
>the way they 
>> both get their jollies.
>> 
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